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Personality: Gilbert W. Wilkerson Sr.

Christmas is a time for faith, family and counting blessings. But for someone who has had a loved one tragically taken from them through violence, the season can be full of pain and sorrow.

‘Be conscious … of making a positive impact,’ VCU fall graduates told

Christy Coleman, chief executive officer of the American Civil War Museum, offered graduates firsthand insight on what their future paths may hold during Virginia Commonwealth University’s fall commencement ceremony last Saturday at the E.J. Wade Arena at the Siegel Center.

Coats for winter

Several hundred new winter coats were distributed to people of all ages last week by two different organizations, just in time for the snowfall last Sunday.

Personality: Ashley A. Morgan

A William Fox Elementary School teacher’s youthful dream paved the way to Richmond’s highest teaching honor. Ashley A. Morgan, 28, a first-grade teacher at the Hanover Avenue school in The Fan, was named the 2019 Richmond Public Schools Teacher of ...

Veteran news photographer shoots for retirement

Richmond native Willie Redd has laid down his video camera and stepped away from WWBT-NBC12 after more than four decades of covering local and national news.

‘River City Arts’ exhibit opens Dec. 7 at Pine Camp

A new exhibit, “River City Arts,” will open this week at Pine Camp Cultural Arts and Community Center featuring the works of three Richmond area artists, it has been announced.

Personality: Paula R. Gray

And the winner of the first Ms. Exquisite Full-Figured Virginia 2018 is … That moment of suspense, when anxiety turned into joy, is forever etched in the mind of Paula R. Gray of Chesterfield.

‘Green Book’ offers small slice of amazing musician’s life, talent

Raise your hand if you have ever heard of Donald W. “Don” Shirley. I expect most of you are as unaware of this remarkable musical giant as I was before I went to see the new film “Green Book.”

Ella Mai sweeps 2018 Soul Train Awards

British singer Ella Mai won big at the 2018 Soul Train Awards, dominating in three categories during Sunday night’s telecast and taking honors for best R&B/soul female artist, and song of the year and the Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award ...

Diana Ross slays as headliner of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Frigid weather and blustery winds didn’t chill the enthusiasm at the 2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, where spectators bundled up in blankets and sleeping bags and the giant character balloons flew lower than usual.

3rd Annual Afrikana Independent Film Festival rescheduled for Nov. 29-Dec. 2

Boots Riley, writer and director of the independent film “Sorry to Bother You,” will talk about his film following a screening 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Grace Street Theater, 934 W. Grace St.

Holiday events underway in city

Richmond will turn on the holiday lights and welcome Santa to Downtown this weekend to officially launch the celebration of the season in the Capital City. First up will be the 34th Annual Grand Illumination on Friday, Nov. 30.

Free HIV testing Dec.1 for World AIDS Day

In honor of World AIDS Day, free HIV testing will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at The Valentine, 1015 E. Clay St.

Personality: Michelle Evans-Oliver

“I was shocked. I was humbled. I said, ‘Wow! I didn’t think I had done anything out of the ordinary.” That was the reaction of Michelle Evans-Oliver, a volunteer AARP community ambassador, when she learned she had been selected as ...

Richmond Jazz Society to feature ‘The Jazz Side of Aretha Franklin’ Dec.11

The Richmond Jazz Society is featuring “The Jazz Side of Aretha Franklin,” the late “Queen of Soul,” on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Capital Ale House Downtown Music Hall, 623 E. Main St.

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